The Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL have announced that they have signed Lampman native and former Estevan Minor Hockey Association stand-out Edwin Hookenson to a standard player contract for the 2020-21 season.
Located in West Valley City, Utah, the Grizzlies are a minor league affiliate of the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche.
A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, Hookenson was named the 2019-20 Western Collegiate Hockey Association Student-Athlete of the Year while playing for Minnesota State.
An alternate team captain as a senior, Hookenson was a three-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association Scholar-Athlete award recipient and a three-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association All-Academic Team honoree.
Hookenson ranked second in the country in blocked shots in 2018-19 with 97. Named Minnesota State's Unsung Hero in 2018-19, Hookenson finished his college career with eight goals and 23 assists for 31 points, along with a plus-45 rating, 127 shots on goal and 205 blocked shots in 124 games played.
He graduated with a 3.97 grade point average while earning degrees in finance and accounting and over the course of his four years at Minnesota State, the Mavericks won three WCHA regular-season titles, one WCHA postseason championship and made two NCAA tournament appearances.